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April 16, 2015

By Mia Steinle

Mine Games: How Federal Coal Program Loopholes Can Cheat Taxpayers



Photo at Powder River Basin Coal Mine A 25-year-old loophole can allow coal companies to cheat the federal government and taxpayers out of revenues, but a proposed rule from the Interior Department may change that.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

March 18, 2015

By Mia Steinle

Interior Secretary Highlights Need for Coal Royalty Reform



Coal Mine The federal government needs to improve the way it manages coal on public lands, according to Sally Jewell, the Secretary of the Interior.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

February 4, 2015

By Lydia Dennett

It’s Time to Think Outside the MOX



Plutonium The Department of Energy has been mismanaging a project to dispose of excess weapons-grade plutonium for over a decade. It's time to look into alternatives.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

January 6, 2015

By Lydia Dennett

Nuclear Contractor’s Award Fee Slashed by 90 Percent



Los Alamos Lab The contractor managing the Los Alamos National Lab lost 90 percent of their award fee for poor performance in 2014, but more must be done to keep nuclear contractors accountable.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

November 21, 2014

By Mia Steinle

Data on Oil, Gas, Mining Projects Often Incomplete, Missing or Inaccessible



Oil Derricks There is a glaring lack of data available to the public about the impacts of the drilling and mining of oil, gas and minerals on public lands, according to a Project On Government Oversight (POGO) survey of people who live and work in areas where extractiv

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

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The Congressional Management Foundation offers the Gold Mouse Awards annually to members of Congress who make the most of the opportunity the digital world offers them. POGO spoke with members of Rep. Mike Honda's communications team about their award.